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Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for Life
     

Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness and Success for Life

by Dorothy Rich
 

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Over 300,000 Megaskills books sold - A breakthrough new MegaSkills book - the first of its kind for developing character and achievement in the early years

"This new book continues the key MegaSkills commitment to showing how parents can work with their children at home to help them learn."
Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense

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Over 300,000 Megaskills books sold - A breakthrough new MegaSkills book - the first of its kind for developing character and achievement in the early years

"This new book continues the key MegaSkills commitment to showing how parents can work with their children at home to help them learn."
Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense fun

For more than 20 years the MegaSkills program has taught parents how to help their children develop the abilities and values essential for success in school and in life. Now, nationally respected educators Dorothy Rich and Beverly Mattox show you how to start building MegaSkills before children reach school age.

Specially designed for ages one through six, MegaSkills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond gives you hands-on techniques and kid-friendly activities to teach the 12 MegaSkills:

  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Effort
  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Perseverance
  • Caring
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving
  • Common Sense
  • Focus
  • Respect

Along with the age-specific activities, this guide contains:

  • Activities for children with disabilities
  • How to get the best from technology
  • MegaSkills measures for parents
  • A wealth of additional resources

"These inventive 'recipes' for parent-child activities build competence and confi dence and character, helping parents help their children make the most of childhood's earliest years."
Judith Viorst, author of Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrifc Ninety Days

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402222900
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
508,948
File size:
3 MB

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: What This book is About and Why It's Important

"The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering." - Benjamin Spock

When parents and teachers across the world are asked what they want for their children, their answers center on the cornerstones of character and achievement: responsibility, dependability, curiosity, eagerness to learn, self-discipline, sensitivity to others, and willingness to work hard. So, where are the "recipes" to teach these attitudes and behaviors? They are here, in this book.

Everyone says our kids have to know more. To try to make this happen, preschool and school curriculums are being pushed down from first grade to kindergarten, some from third grade to first. This is the wrong way to go. Sure, many of our children can learn more than they are currently learning, but driving the usual curriculum down younger and younger is not a winning solution. Using traditional curricula keyed to test scores ignores the basic prerequisites for character and achievement that our kids need to learn at home.

That's what this book offers - the basics that can be learned easily and naturally before children are school age, so that when they go to school, they go with abilities well beyond the alphabet and counting to ten.

Having taught MegaSkills to school age children for over twenty years, we have been urged to create MegaSkills for children starting at age one and moving to school entry. This program is not designed to create "little Einsteins." It is designed to create curious, positive learners. MegaSkills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond is the result of our tested experience and is a response to children's learning needs today, which are greater than the learning needs of yesterday.

Meet the Author

Dorothy Rich, EdD, is founder and president of the nonprofit Home and School Institute (HSI), based in Washington, DC. An acclaimed expert in family educational involvement, Dr. Rich is the author of the original MegaSkills publications and the developer of the MegaSkills training programs, used by more than four thousand schools across the United States and abroad. In her lifetime of work in the field, she has focused on helping families and educators team together to build achievement in school and beyond.

Dorothy Rich's work has received the A+ for Breaking the Mold Award from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as recognition from the MacArthur Foundation and other distinguished foundations. Her work has been researched, tested, and found to be effective in raising student achievement, decreasing discipline problems, increasing time spent on homework, and decreasing time spent watching TV. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NBC's Today, Education Week, ABC's Good Morning America, and Reader's Digest.

Beverly Mattox, MEd, an active educator for over fifty years, has served as a teacher, principal, project director, and training specialist. She has collaborated with Dorothy Rich since 1972. As a speaker and workshop leader, she has conducted programs for school systems and organizations in twenty-six states and Canada. Two of her special interests are parenting and women's friendships. She has addressed more than four hundred groups and has completed doctoral course work in the areas of curriculum supervision and family counseling. She has served as an adjunct professor for four colleges, as a reviewer for the Journal of Staff Development, and contributor to the Standards for Staff Development.

Beverly authored Getting It Together, a primer for understanding Kohlberg's theory of cognitive moral development, and co-authored with Dorothy Rich 101 Activities for School-Community Involvement. She serves on the board of directors of Agape Inc., an organization that services the needs of young mothers and their children.

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